Audio Commentaries


Title Release Date Artist(s)
From the Archive: Wangechi Mutu Artist Talk

Born in Kenya and based in New York, Wangechi Mutu uses lush, alluring imagery to explore issues of sexism, racism, and neocolonialism in her collages, paintings, and sculptures.…

February 2015
From the Archive: Scenes and Zines

The creation of zines — low-budget, independently published magazines — is often motivated by a desire to express ideas and beliefs that fall outside the mainstream. In…

December 2014
From the Archive: William Wegman Artist Talk

Though best known for his playful photographs of dogs, William Wegman has also produced a large and stylistically varied body of animal-free artwork throughout his successful…

December 2014
From the Archive: Paul Kos Artist Talk

In this artist talk and discussion held at SFMOMA on October 26, 2001, Paul Kos declares: "I became converted to my own version of conceptual art." Staged in conjunction…

November 2014
From the Archive: Doris Salcedo Artist Talk

Doris Salcedo is known for her ability to transform experiences of physical and psychological violence into works of art with universal resonance, her sculptures and installations…

November 2014
From the Archive: Panel Discussion with Gretchen Bender, Dara Birnbaum, and Julia Scher

Originally presented on May 6, 1993, in conjunction with Thresholds and Enclosures, this program showcases three of the exhibition's featured artists — Gretchen

October 2014
From the Archive: Jeff Koons Artist Talk

Presented on January 7, 1993, in conjunction with a retrospective at SFMOMA, this artist talk by Jeff Koons has been unearthed from the archives on the occasion of his current…

October 2014
From the Archive: Experiencing the '60s in Japan with Daido Moriyama

This panel discussion was originally presented on May 13, 1999, in conjunction with Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, an exhibition of Moriyama's photographs of postwar Japan. After an…

September 2014
From the Archive: A Conversation with Chuck Close and Kiki Smith

This conversation between two modern art heavyweights inaugurated simultaneous exhibitions of their work at SFMOMA: Chuck Close: Self-Portraits, 1967-2005 and Kiki Smith: A

August 2014
From the Archive: Guillermo Gómez-Peña: The New World Border

This artist talk by Chicano performance artist, visual artist, writer, and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña was given in June 1996, coinciding with the release of his…

July 2014
  • Guillermo Gómez-Peña
From the Archive: David Hockney Artist Talk

This 1985 talk by David Hockney was given in conjunction with SFMOMA's presentation of Hockney Paints the Stage, the first exhibition to display the artist's celebrated set…

June 2014
  • David Hockney
Zanele Muholi connects with the Bay Area's LGBTI community

South African photographer Zanele Muholi is a self-described visual activist for the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, and Intersex) community of…

June 2014
From the Archive: Robert Wilson Artist Talk

In 1991 SFMOMA presented Robert Wilson's Vision, an exhibition of drawings, set pieces, and sculptures created by Wilson for his celebrated avant-garde theater productions. The…

June 2014
  • Robert Wilson
From the Archive: Peter Schjeldahl: The Story of the Image

This talk by long-time art critic for The New Yorker Peter Schjeldahl was presented on April 7, 2005, as part of SFMOMA's Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series in…

May 2014
From the Archive: Kara Walker Artist Talk

Kara Walker is best known for her installations of large cut-paper silhouettes that use the iconography of folklore and stereotype to address themes of race, history, and gender.…

May 2014
Urban Place and Art Making

Hear from three thought leaders reflecting on the role of culture as an active voice in the construction and shaping of the contemporary city. Craig Dykers of Snøhetta…

May 2014
From the Archive: Snapshots of William Eggleston

This panel discussion was presented on September 18, 2004, in conjunction with an SFMOMA exhibition of photographs from William Eggleston's Los Alamos series. Eggleston's…

April 2014
Zanele Muholi Artist Talk

Zanele Muholi is a photographer and self-described "visual activist" dedicated to addressing social injustice, particularly issues of race, gender, and sexuality. She is…

April 2014
From the Archive: Marilyn Minter Artist Talk

This program features a conversation between Marilyn Minter and former SFMOMA curatorial associate Joshua Shirkey that was presented on April 21, 2005, in conjunction with the…

March 2014
From the Archive: Artist Talk with Janet Cardiff, Jim Hodges, Kathryn Spence, and Steve Wolfe

"I composed what I thought was an artist's statement, but today when I read it it seems like a confession." So begins Steve Wolfe in this artist talk and discussion…

March 2014
From the Archive: Frank Stella on Art

Though known first and foremost as a visual artist who has continually brought new complexity to abstraction, Frank Stella has also distinguished himself as a gifted writer and…

March 2014
From the Archive: Rachel Whiteread Artist Talk

With a nod to International Women's Day on March 8, we present you with an artist talk by Rachel Whiteread, who in 1993 became the first woman to win the illustrious Turner…

March 2014
From the Archive: Richard Avedon Artist Talk

This artist talk by Richard Avedon (1923-2004) was presented in 1986 in conjunction with SFMOMA's presentation of In the American West, an exhibition of Avedon's portraits…

February 2014
From the Archive: An Afternoon with Yoko Ono

SFMOMA has a rich history of inviting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in live programming. This recording is the first release in a new series from SFMOMA's…

February 2014
  • Yoko Ono
Artist Talk with Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, and Kateřina Šedá

Hear from three artists whose work is featured in Project Los Altos. Chris Johanson, known for his deceptively simple paintings and works characterized by humor and vibrant color,…

January 2014
Artist Talk with Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson hosted by Michelle Tea

Hear from the latest winners of the SECA Art Award, SFMOMA's biennial award honoring Bay Area artists. For the first time in the history of the award, recipients were…

November 2013
Studio 13 Jass Band

The Studio 13 Jass Band is part of a long tradition of Bay Area artists who also play music. Founded in the late 1940s at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, then called the…

January 2013
Tobias Wong Gallery Exploration

During his short career, Tobias Wong provoked designers and consumers by subverting the conventional function of everyday objects. His untimely death in 2010 at the age of 35 left…

June 2011
Gary Tinterow on the influence of Cézanne's Bathers

Curator Gary Tinterow on other artists' admiration for Paul Cézanne's Bathers.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the

June 2011
  • Paul Cézanne
Janet Bishop on early reactions to Femme au chapeau

Curator Janet Bishop discusses the original shock value of Henri Matisse's Femme au chapeau.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and

June 2011